paging file missing?

By Soap ยท 14 replies
Jan 23, 2003
  1. when i login to my windows 2000 computer it comes up with a message about no paging file and gives directions on how to set the size for it in the performance options except when i do go in there my chosen file size is still there but windows is making a temporary 20mb paging file. does anyone know what could be causing this??? and how to fix it?
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    Is the error something like this?
    Limited Virtual Memory
    Your system is running without a properly sized paging file. Please use the virtual memory option of the System applet in the Control Panel to create a paging file or to increase the initial size of your paging file.

    Limited Virtual Memory
    Your system has no paging file or the paging file is too small.

    See if this MSKB Article helps;en-us;140472
  3. Soap

    Soap TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 72

    i do get that about about 5 mins of using the computer. thanks this should hopefully fix it.
  4. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Yes, and if it doesn't, please post back and we'll ponder a little more.
  5. stripeyshirt

    stripeyshirt TS Rookie


    The same thing happened to me, I followed the instructions above, but the problem is still occurring!

    Thank you
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    how big is your hard drive? Do you have enough room for a page file?
  7. stripeyshirt

    stripeyshirt TS Rookie

    It is...

    40GB Laptop. partitioned to 2x20GB. I have enough space left

    This happened when I was recording music, it suddenly rebooted itself! Maybe I was doing to much at once.
    Now every time I turn it off, it turns itself back on! Which is MASSIVELY annoying! and when it loads it says the above error.

    I also could not locate pagingfile.sys at all.

    Thank you
  8. patio

    patio TS Guru Posts: 482

    How much space left is enough ? ?
  9. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    Verify that you're not out of disk space.
    Open My Computer, click View -> Details
    Check the Free Space column to verify you're not out of disk space.
    If you're very low (ie. 100 Mb) then purge your temporary files and reboot.

    Otherwise, open your system properties.
    Start menu -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System

    Click on the tab labeled Advanced.
    Click on the Settings button under Performance.
    Click on the Advanced tab.
    Click Change in the Virtual memory section.
    Increase the Maximum size (MB) value
    Click Set
    Click OK OK OK
  10. stripeyshirt

    stripeyshirt TS Rookie


    I am fine for freespace, and everytime i change the max and min size, and hit set. It does not save.
    I tried to hunt down the pagefile.sys and it wasin't there.
    I am about to reboot my computer, but I am desperate not too!

  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    You haven't rebooted? You have to do that for changes to take effect.

    Unless you meant reinstall windows.
  12. puppetgrimm1

    puppetgrimm1 TS Rookie Posts: 50

    Hello, thought I would put in my two cents. first you should set your pagefile to 1.5 the amount of your ram. You could also put your page file on a seperate partition or if you have two harddrives you could put the pagefile on the faster drive and make the upper and lower bounds set the same this can speed your computer. you can even have two or more page files at once etc...

  13. anahata

    anahata TS Rookie

    Same Problem: No Paging File + Auto Restart with Shut Down

    Has anyone found a solution to this? The Microsoft fix didn't work.
    Attempts to reset the size of the paging file don't work. Also, I tried creating a paging file on my slave drive instead. That doesn't work either.
    And, yeah, what's with the computer automatically restarting when I shut down?!!
  14. rscain

    rscain TS Rookie

    I was having the same problem, it started while I was installing some audio plug ins.

    Following the advice of one of the folks here i did a restore to a point before the problem started.
    That seems to have solved my problem.
  15. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    certain Intel chipsets can cause errors reload if you think you have these
    check your security settings for the main OS partition reset ownership and try again.
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